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Earth science : understanding environmental systems

Author: Edgar Winston Spencer
Publisher: Boston : McGraw-Hill, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Intended for introductory courses in Earth Science and Earth Systems Science. This book aims to provide the background the general student needs to understand the way Earth works, how knowledge of  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Spencer, Edgar Winston.
Earth science.
Boston : McGraw-Hill, ©2003
(OCoLC)647073319
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edgar Winston Spencer
ISBN: 0072341467 9780072341461
OCLC Number: 49285680
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxi, 518 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 28 cm
Contents: Introduction to earth system science --
--
Unit 1. Major elements of earth systems --
1. The building blocks of earth materials --
2. Minerals and the rock cycle --
3. Earth model : core-mantle system --
4. Time and change in earth systems --
--
Unit 2. The plate tectonic system --
5. Plate tectonics and mountain building --
6. Earthquakes --
7. Volcanic activity --
--
Unit 3. Earth's physical climate system --
pt. 1. Oceans and crusts --
8. The sea floor and marine environments --
9. Ocean dynamics --
10. Coasts and coastal environments --
pt. 2. The atmosphere --
11. Earth's atmosphere --
12. The atmosphere in motion --
13. Climate : past, present, and future --
pt. 3. The land surface --
14. Introduction to Earth's land environments --
15. Weathering and soil development --
16. Mass wasting : the work of gravity --
17. The role of the wind --
18. Streams --
19. Ground water --
20. The role of ice in earth systems --
--
Unit 4. The solar system and its place in the universe --
21. Earth's neighbors in space : the solar system --
22. Beyond the solar system --
--
App. A. Units and conversions --
App. B. Minerals --
App. C. Rock identification --
App. D. Topographic and geologic maps --
App. E. Star charts --
App. F. The periodic table of elements.
Responsibility: Edgar W. Spencer.
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